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SCR safety awards presented

Night Patrol Man of the Secunderabad Division K. Prabhakar and Vijayawada Division technician P. Ashok Kumar were awarded the ‘Men of the Month’ for showing alertness in the duty and timely action to prevent unsafe conditions, by South Central Railway General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav on Monday.

Earlier, he had a video review meeting with top officials of all the six divisional heads where he urged them to take proper advance measures to ensure the safety and prevent unsafe incidences.

Loco drivers should be issued proper instructions related to visibility keeping the monsoon season in view, as part of ensuring safety at the manned and unmanned level crossings.

Focus should be on loco and signal failures as they effect punctuality and also speed restrictions should be removed wherever possible, a press release said.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – July 04th, 2017

All roads lead to Kondagattu shrine

Devotees make a beeline to the temple on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti

All roads leading to the historic Sri Anjaneya Swamy devasthanam in Kondagattu in Jagital turned saffron on Friday, with devotees making a beeline to the temple shrine ahead of Hanuman Jayanti on May 21.

Devotees started pouring in from various parts of the State as temple authorities launched the celebrations by conducting ‘homam,’ which would continue till Sunday. Predicting heavy rush on Sunday, many devotees were seen offering prayers at the temple shrine on Friday. Several Hanuman devotees wearing a mala were seen walking to the temple barefoot in the scorching heat as part of a ritual.

Temporary shelters

Devasthanam authorities, in coordination with the district administration and the police, made elaborate arrangements for the same. Temporary shelters were erected to protect the devotees from the sweltering heat. More than 750 police personnel were roped in for bandobust.

To avoid road mishaps, the police have decided to regulate traffic on the ghat road by restricting the entry of vehicles.

Parking spaces would be designated on the foothill of the shrine on the JNTU college road, Jagtial, and Karimnagar roads.

The police also installed 52 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to keep vigil.

The temple authorities expect four lakh pilgrims to visit the temple on Hanuman Jayanti.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Telangana / by K.M. Dayashankar / Jagtial – May 19th, 2017

First of its kind Buddha park in Telangana

The Buddhavanaman is first of its kind in the country with thematic segments depicting the major events in the life of Buddha.

The Buddhavanaman is first of its kind in the country with thematic segments depicting the major events in the life of Buddha and stories of his previous births. (Representational image)


Sriparvatarama or Buddhavanam, the prestigious Buddhist heritage theme park, is getting ready at Nagarjunasagar. The Buddhavanaman is first of its kind in the country with thematic segments depicting the major events in the life of Buddha and stories of his previous births. An Amaravati-style replica of Mahastupa with sculptural embellishments will be the main attraction at the park. “Nearly 75 per cent of the project is completed. It’s one of its kind in the country and has replicas of all Buddhist stupas. The state government has sanctioned `25 crore for the project,” said Mr Mallepally Laxmaiah, special officer, Buddhavanam Project.

The Telangana Tourism Develo-pment Corporation is developing Buddhavanam with financial assistance from the Centre for domestic and foreign tourists, especially tourists and pilgrims from Southeast Asian countries. The corporation acquired 274 acres on the left bank of the Krishna for the project. It has been divided into eight segments with an imposing entrance plaza.

The eight segments are 1. Buddha Charitavanam 2. Bodhisattva (Jataka Park) 3 Dhyanavanam (meditation park), 4. Stupa park 5. Acharya Nagarjuna International Centre for Higher Buddhist learning 6. Krishna valley 7 Buddhism in Telugu States especially important stupas, sculptures, statues of philosophers and others in Telangana 8. Mahastupa which symbolically represent the Astangamarga propounded by Buddha, a replica of Amravati stupa.

source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Current Affairs / February 14th, 2017

City gets its first ebus

No Smoke: The first ebus received by the Telangana RTC in Hyderabad on Thursday. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

The next time you feel a juggernaut whiz past with nary a ‘whish’, you will feel a tingle of excitement running down your spine. That will be the sleek and silent, low-slung beauty, an ebus made by BYD Auto Industry of China.

On Wednesday, Goldstone Infratech, which is said to be the Indian distributor for the Chinese ebus-maker, offered the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) one of these, the BYD K series, a battery-operated bus with 324 KW of power.

When contacted, Executive Director for TSRTC’s Greater Hyderabad Zone A. Purushotham said they planned to run this environmental-friendly, pollution-free bus on the Jubilee Bus Station-Shamshabad airport route as a pilot project for a few days to check its efficacy.

The service is to be launched within a day or two, most likely by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The 12-metre-long bus is a 31-seater and is low-slung with a ground clearance of 360 mm. It can run for slightly more than 180 km on a single charge over a seven-hour duration and has a charging time ranging between two and a half to three hours for the next shift. It can accelerate from 0 to 50 KMPH in about 20 seconds, powered silently by electric motors in the wheel hubs and can achieve top speed of over 96 km an hour. Enquiries about the details like power and the like with engineers revealed that the 324 KW of output was almost equivalent to the 295 horsepower that the luxury buses like the Volvo produce. “From what I have seen, it is almost like our Garuda (Volvo) buses,” said a senior engineer.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Suresh Krishnamoorthy / Hyderabad – February 10th, 2017

Nagoba jatara concludes amid spiritual fervour

A Raj Gond displaying his combat skills at the Betal puja ritual at the jatara in Adilabad district on Tuesday. -Photo: S. Harpal Singh | Photo Credit: S. HARPAL SINGH;S. HARPAL SINGH – S_ HARPAL SINGH

The Nagoba jatara concluded on Tuesday with the Mesram clan Raj Gonds and Pardhans leaving their holy place in the evening for camping at Harkapur in Indervelli mandal before reaching Pulimadugu in Utnoor mandal and later performing puja at Budumdev temple at Shampur in Utnoor mandal on January 3.

The Adivasis performed Mandal Gajiling, part of Betal puja which entailed show of combat skill.

Earlier in the day, the 22 kithe or categories of Raj Gonds and the Pardhans divided the prasad and the sacred pots collected during the five-day pilgrimage of the Nagoba temple among themselves.

The women of the Patel households washed the feet of the representatives of the 22 kithe as a mark of thanksgiving for their role in making the jatara a success.

The Bheti Korial, the new women members added to the clan by way of marriage also greeted the representatives by saying ‘ram-ram’ and hoped to meet next year at Keslapur.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Telangana / by Special Correspondent / Adilabad – February 01st, 2017

Cemetery on Residency Building premises to be restored

Safeguarding heritage value: The tomb of the first British resident to be buried in the cemetery behind Residency Building, lies neglected. | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

One of the major challenges will be to bring the ground to its original level, as more than one feet of debris has accumulated over the years, says an architect

On October 22, 1807, Francis Sydenham, the then British resident, was buried in the cemetery yards away from the Residency Building on Koti Women’s College premises. Years later, two more residents and another 39 Britishers living in Hyderabad were laid to rest at the same place, adding to the city’s history.

Largely forgotten, the cemetery is a case of neglect leading to some of the tombstones having been damaged over the years. For instance, the grave of Sydenham is built on a pavilion, which now has damaged columns. Similar is the fate of other graves, including that of the second British resident George Busby. The head of his grave’s tombstone lay broken there, while some others have collapsed.

However, there is a good news for the cemetery, as it will be restored along with the Residency Building, which is currently under restoration. N.R. Visalatchy, Director of State Department of Archaeology and Museums, said work there will also be taken up in the coming days. “There is a lot of damage there, and as of now, the cleaning has been completed,” she told The Hindu.

Work at the cemetery will jointly be taken up by the State Department of Archaeology and Museums, Osmania University, the World Monument Fund (WMF), Deccan Heritage Foundation and the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia, said Ms. Visalatchy. “We realised that the cemetery is also part of the Residency Building’s history, which will soon go into the second phase of restoration,” she added.

One of the officials working at the site said the graves are built of granite stones, which can be found in other cemeteries of Britishers who were buried in different cities in India. Among the graves is also that of Arthur Austin Roberts, the third and last British resident who lived in Hyderabad back then. He was buried on May 10, 1968, just two months after he came to Hyderabad, according to the inscription on his tombstone.

One of the major challenges in restoring the cemetery will be to first bring the ground to its original level, as more than one feet of debris has accumulated over the years, said an architect who is working on the restoration of the Residency Building.

He added that the overgrown vegetation has also impacted the structural stability of the place, which had a garden when it was first built.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Yunus L. Lasania / Hyderabad – January 04th, 2017

SCR bags best team award

The South Central Railway (SCR) has bagged the ‘Best Team of Rail Vikas Shivir Award’ at the three-day Rail Vikas Shivir (a brainstorming exercise of Indian Railways) held at Surajkund in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, presented the award to Ravindra Gupta, SCR General Manager. The theme presentation of the SCR on ‘Creating 3X (Three Times) Bigger Indian Railway that is Economically Viable’ focussed on conversion of existing goods sheds to outsourced goods sheds which would lead to a multiple positive impact, financially enabling substantial gains to the Indian Railways, besides increasing service reliability and satisfaction.

The impact envisages creating six times bigger terminal capacity, integrating IT-enabled supply chain logistics, capturing new streams of traffic, off-loading the overhead costs, provision of all weather warehousing facilities and making goods sheds economically viable and vibrant 24 X 7, a press release said.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – November 21st, 2016

Dancing up to the peak-Vyshnavie Sainath

Vyshnavie Sainath
Vyshnavie Sainath

Her dance background gave her the strength to scale the 20850 ft high Stok-Kangri, says Vaishnavie Sainath

When the 12-hour climb to the peak took 20 hours, Vyshnavie Sainath’s mind and heart had begun to remember the disapproving comments from friends and acquaintances when she had announced her decision to trek to the Himalayas. But she quickly arrested those thoughts and focussed on what she had set out to achieve — reach the peak. When she succeeded, her heart was filled with inexplicable joy at reaching the peak and getting a first hand experience of the sight from the peak. Vyshnavie Sainath, the city-based dancer of Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Simhanandini, Kalari and contemporary forms summited the 20850 ft high Stok-Kangri and she is more than pleased with herself, minus the sunburned nose and cheeks.

“During the day it was quite hot but at night the temperature fell down to minus. The sun and the clear atmosphere left me with a sunburn. This sunburn is special, I have earned it,” she laughs.

The five-day trek began with this dancer and yoga practitioner. along with the team she was climbing with, making two stops at a base camp. “I took an extra day to get acclimatised to the weather, the thin air. To top it, the clear weather forecast suddenly became a snow blizzard and this being my first camp, I decided to stay back for an extra day. I wasn’t challenging anything, nor was my attempt to do the Himalayan Trek an attempt to prove anything to anyone. It was my decision to experience that moment at the trek and if I wanted to return at any point, I could have,” says the youngster.

She was not only excited but was sure of the atmosphere she would be introducing herself.

In the beginning, her body didn’t know what it was getting into. The altitude was high and so was the clean thin air. But something that she has been doing for several years came to her rescue. “Since I have been dancing for years and also practising yoga, my body had been silently accumulating the energy and stamina. Besides my regular dance and yoga sessions, I also designed a session of 2-3 hours to prepare myself, that involved cardio, yoga and other fitness routines. Dance also helped me keep my mind stable and not give in at the weak moments,” she explains.

Vaishnavie says that it’s her self-assessment and her calm mind made it all possible. “But just because I did it, I wouldn’t say it is easy. Self-assessment is a must and one has to prepare thoroughly before taking up such a challenge,” she suggests.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> Metroplus / byPrabalika M. Borah / Vyshnavie-Sainath, Stok-Kangri / September 26th, 2016

Keen to go around the world: Lt. Aishwarya Boddapati

Aishwarya Boddapati
Aishwarya Boddapati

Lt. Aishwarya Boddapati is part of the all-women crew in Indian Navy’s only ocean going sailing boat

Imagine being on the sea for 30 to 40 days with no sight of land. That too, on a sailing boat and not a ship. Lt. Aishwarya Boddapati from Hyderabad is among the only all-women crew heading into the ocean on a 17-metre sailing vehicle of the Indian Navy, called MHADEI.

The crew with their mentor Cdr Dilip Dhonde on MHADEI
The crew with their mentor Cdr Dilip Dhonde on MHADEI

The all-women crew sailed to Mauritius this May. “Every two years, a sailing vessel sets out to circumnavigate the world. The Indian Navy felt it would be a good orientation for us to first experience the Atlantic and Pacific oceans before we do the world circuit,” recalls Aishwarya. A relative newcomer to sailing, Aishwarya observed her peers at work, learnt to put theory to practice.

Aishwarya studied metallurgical engineering and in her final year, worked with the DRDO which was working on a component of a ballistic missile. “It was a fascinating experience. I felt it would be exciting to be on the user side,” she says. The only connection Aishwarya had with the defence sector was her uncle who worked for Indian Air Force. “Normally, candidates prepare ahead to join the Navy. Since I didn’t have that exposure, my uncle asked me to be honest in the interview and not exaggerate things,” she says.

She was inducted into the technical side of Navy, and later posted in Andaman and Nicobar islands with the team that worked on maintenance and repair of warships. While at work, she learnt that the Navy was looking for volunteers to join an adventure expedition and applied. “I got selected in February 2015 but was required to finish my two-year tenure at Andaman. I joined the adventure team in March 2016,” she says.

Aishwarya remembers being inclined to adventure for a while. She had tried river rafting, bungee jumping, scuba diving and other water sports. She was aware that some of the lady officers who will be part of the adventure expedition had prior experience. “Some of them had already gone on an expedition accompanied by male officers in 2014. This time, the Navy wanted a six all-women crew and I am ecstatic to be a part of it.”

In Cochin, she was trained in the basics of sailing. “We learnt the technical and theoretical aspects of how to navigate a vessel that runs only on wind,” she says. During the Mauritius trip, she got a hands-on experience.

Aishwarya looks back at the days they spent at a stretch on the sea, celebrating the calm days and starry nights. “One night we faced an electrical problem after which we had no lights. The moon hadn’t risen. We spent the night star gazing. It was beautiful,” she says.

She doesn’t mind the lack of mobile connectivity. “Since we were six women on board, we got to know each other well. We would watch television series, take turns and cook, or read books on Kindle. There were times when there would be some misunderstanding, but you don’t hold grudges for long because you can’t go anywhere else,” she laughs.

The crew is preparing to participate in the Cape to Rio race scheduled from December 26, 2016, to January 17, 2017. “In August 2017, we will be sailing to circumnavigate the world on a new sister boat of MHADEI, called TARINI, now under construction in Goa. The details are yet to be worked out,” she says.

Closer home, she faced resistance when she disclosed her intention to join the adventure side of Navy. “My parents wanted me to get married, so they were taken aback,” she laughs. Aishwarya took her parents on a short sail off Goa. Experiencing the calm waters, her father was convinced it wasn’t a bad idea.

Besides the circumnavigation, she hopes to someday become a sky diving instructor.

The team

* Cdr Dilip Dhonde is the mentor and coach of for the all-women team

* The six all-women crew includes aeronautical engineer Lt Cdr Vartika Joshi (skipper), electronics engineer Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal, Lt Patharlapaali Swathi, a post graduate in physics, Lt Shougrakpam Vijayadevi, a literature postgraduate, and computer science engineer Lt Payal Gupta, apart from Lt B Aishwarya.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> Metroplus / Sangeetha Devi Dundoo / Hyderabad – August 13th, 2016

25-year-old on 2,000-km Walk for Peace

Joseph Anthony on his expedition to propagate world peace.— Photo: K.V. RAMANA
Joseph Anthony on his expedition to propagate world peace.— Photo: K.V. RAMANA

Perplexed by the spate of violent incidents across the globe, 25 year-old Joseph Anthony has undertaken an expedition — Walk For Peace — from his village Aadibhatla in Ibrahimpatnam mandal to New Delhi to propagate the importance of peace.

Launching his padyatra on July 1, Mr. Anthony arrived at Dichpally in the district on Wednesday. Carrying a huge national flag on his shoulders, he was walking on National Highway 44. He prepared a route map to cover 2,000 kilometres before reaching New Delhi by the end of September.

On the way, he would be staying at residential homes, temples, churches, and mosques in the night. During his expedition, he would deliver lectures on world peace at schools and colleges.

After a 12-hour walk, from dawn to dusk, Mr. Anthony, who holds an MA degree in economics, calls it a night.

Speaking to reporters, he said he would publish a book on his experiences with the help of friends and well-wishers after the completion of the expedition. “I have support of my parents and family members for my Walk For Peace expedition,” he said.

Mr. Anthony’s father, Guvvala Innaiah, is a mason in Rangareddy district. Residents and students received him with thumping applause at the village.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Telangana / by P. Ram Mohan / Nizamabad – July 14th, 2016